They were evil barbarians even before the savage slaying of an innocent Canadian.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now “outraged” at the beheading of John Ridsdel in the Philippines, but what did he have to say a month ago when the radical Islamic killers threatened their hostage.
In fact, Trudeau was at the White House socializing with President Barack Obama as Ridsdel cried out at gunpoint “to the Canadian prime minister and to the Canadian people in the world: Please, do as needed to meet their demands within one month or they will kill me, they will execute us.”
They were true to their word.
“Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage takers and this unnecessary death,” Trudeau said Monday. “This was an act of cold-blooded murder and the responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage.”
The PM needs to explain why he didn’t name the terror group or its affiliations.
Abu Sayyaf has long been affiliated with al-Qaida and, in recent months, flying ISIS flags.
What should have been considered was a military extraction exercise led by Canada’s crack JTF2 counter-terrorism team with air support from our now idle CF-18 Hornets.
These killers should be wiped out.
But Trudeau has other ideas: “The government of Canada is committed to working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and to bring them to justice.”
But Abu Sayyaf isn’t Mike Duffy. What happened to Calgarian Ridsdel, and the risk that fellow captive Canadian Robert Hall and others still face, is not something that falls under the Criminal Code.
It is an act of war. Canada, despite pulling back its aggressive efforts, is at war with ISIS whether Trudeau admits it or not.
Ridsdel is a casualty of that war.
Last month, Trudeau said “a war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL to actually win against the West.”
The insulting parsing of words won’t console the family of this innocent Canadian who joins the already sick list of innocent Westerners who have been executed in the name of Islamic terror. Trudeau’s infamous “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” even if he is a terrorist line, or “being open and respectful towards each other is a much more powerful way to diffuse hatred and anger” are examples of incompetence and perhaps malfeasance.
This execution should spark an emergency debate in Parliament about what to do next. They should demand to understand just what the Prime Minister’s Office did and didn’t do.
If necessary, even bring back Stephen Harper for advice.
When I wrote my column on this last month, with the headline “Put down fork, Trudeau, and help Canadian hostages,” the intense push back was the Liberal government had this in control.
Imagine the Liberals and media response had Harper been in the PMO!
Just last September, Trudeau said in a release about Mohamed Fahmy, held in Egypt: “Canadians need to know that their government will do everything in its power to ensure the release of Canadians unjustly imprisoned abroad. We trust Stephen Harper will use the full force of his office to assist in Mr. Fahmy’s release so that he can be reunited with his loved ones without any further delays.”
The same standard should apply to Trudeau. Since we have a dead Canadian, everybody should be asking what did the PMO do while this man was held captive for half a year?